Can you help raise £50,000 by May to rejuvenate a Fulwood children's playground?

A crowdfunding campaign has been launched to finish renewing and improving a popular children's playground.

By Catherine Musgrove
Thursday, 11th February 2021, 7:00 am

In September, the Friends of Conway Park in Fulwood revealed that phase one of the work to overhaul the park has been completed, after group members, with the support of the local community, managed to raise a total of £46,000.

Works included draining and resurfacing the play area, replacing half of the play equipment, new access paths within the play area, planting new trees and installing new benches and welcome signs.

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Sylvie and Geoff Rand at the playground

Now to complete work, a further £50,000 is needed.

Half of the money would be spent on play equipment for younger children together with the installation of several brand new items of equipment.

The remaining £25,000 would go on constructing a new all-weather path linking the south end of the park to the existing footpath network at the northern end.

Geoff Rand, chairman of The Friends of Conway Park, said: "The current lockdown restrictions have proved how invaluable our parks and recreational areas really are and we should use our very best endeavours to maintain these public amenities."

Sylvie and Geoff Rand

He added: "The work undertaken within the play area so far has already attracted a sharp increase in users, encouraging more people than ever into the park to take advantage of this valuable facility.

"Once the work has been completed, the whole area will be transformed into a wonderful leisure facility to be enjoyed by all.

"Additionally, and for the first time ever, the proposed new path will permit all weather access along the entire length of the park for users of buggies and mobility equipment, together with dog walkers and families. It will also provide a dry standing area for watching football on one of the many pitches run and maintained by Cadley FC."

Fundraising activities have been curtailed by coronavirus restrictions, so a crowdfunding campaign was launched as well as applications for grants.

Ways to help

Whilst the site is owned and maintained by Preston City Council current budget restrictions mean that little or no money is available for projects of this nature. The complete project however will be managed by Preston City Council with the assistance of Friends Of Conway Park.

A target date of May has been chosen for the campaign, so that if enough funds are raised, there is a possibility of work beginning by the end of the year.

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